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Reporting Financial Performance

Insight into issues concerning organisations that report their financial performance
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Dipesh Meisuria

on 22 April 2013

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What we will look into Reporting Financial Performance Why? What is Financial
Performance? To be recognised and measured Who for? Lenders
Investors
Suppliers
Employees
Customers
Government
Public What Should they Report? Activities within direct control of the entity Disclosure Components exhibiting different characteristic in terms of stability, risk, predictability etc: Qualitative Characteristics Predictive Value and confirmatory value Question

You are an outside entity!
What do you need to know to satisfy your opinion about an organisation? Financial position
Generation and use of cash
Financial adaptability
Financial performance (Cearns, 1999) (Elliot & Elliot, 2011) (Accounting Standards Board , 1999) Measuring financial performance over an extended period is claimed to be more reliable than using a single year (Hackston and Milne 1996) What for? Highlight to users to understand a range of important components of financial performance by an entity in a certain period to assist them in basing an assessment of future results and cashflows (Collings, 2012) Users need to be informed to influence their economic decision (FASB, 2010) (IFRS Foundation 2012) Accounting choices or estimates can be credible signals of a firm’s financial performance (Tarca et al, 2007) When Should they Report? Benefits Exceed the costs
Under a central control that can be accountable for its activities (Cearns, 1999) Prepared depending on convention and legal requirements, no significant financial reporting principle is involved (Accounting standards board 1999) Recognise only gains and losses
Classify items by function
Show separately unusual amounts/ incidence, non-operating expenses and expenses relating to future periods (Accounting Standards Board, 1992) (UEFA, 2013) Free from material error and a faithful representation, neutral, prudent and, complete (Scannell, 2012) (Calkins and Harris, 2013) Implications Anticipate potential changes in the economical environment but data is historical
Excessive pressure is one of the determinants of misreporting
Not just on management's ability to estimate, but also on incentives to allocate reported profit to different reporting periods (Accounting Standards Board, 1999) (Ramamoorthy, 2008) (Barker, 2004) Time: (Arthur, 2012) Predicted sp $10.63 & R $11.9bn
Actual sp $9.03 & R $11.5bn
Cease trade lost $20bn (9% tumble) Incentive Significant positive relationship between profitability and disclosure
Due to higher quality accounting and transparency
IFRS implementation has favourably affected the financial performance (e.g. profitability and growth potential) of firms (Waddock & Graves, 1997) (Tendeloo and Vanstraelen, 2005) (Iatridis, 2010)
What is Financial Performance
Why?
What?
Who?
When?
Example of performance
Disclosure
Qualitative examples
Implications
Modern Issue
Incentive to Report
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